Edited by Michael R. Redclift and Marco Grasso
Chapter 6: The social dimensions of human security under a changing climate
Anthropogenic climate change is a complex and cross-cutting issue potentially affecting all aspects of human life. Climate-related phenomena such as extreme weather events and natural disasters or gradual change of environmental conditions, can create multiple stresses on people in many regions of the world. This will most likely add to prevailing problems such as population growth or competition on natural resources which are vital for human wellbeing and security. As a result, global warming could undermine human development and the stability of social systems that support human needs, including water, food, health and energy services, agriculture, land use and urban infrastructure. In spite of being a global phenomenon, the consequences of climate change on people’s lives are specific for each region. The impacts on human security depend on the vulnerability of individuals, communities and countries, their adaptive capacities and actual responses which are shaped by the specific economic, social and political contexts of each region.
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